Stas is 11 years old. As a place for a stroll he chose the Eternal Flame Square. I wondered, what on earth could be interesting in such a place for an 11-year-old? When we met, the things were clarified. Stas said that he likes to visit Eternal Flame because it is a site of commemoration for those who died in the war. "My great grandfather was in the war, I remember him a little." Then he likes to go down to watch the river, it is beautiful. And to look closely at the locks of newly married couples attached to the fence — they are so different, it is interesting to read the dates and names. Stas read the information boards placed on the bust statue of general Beloborodov and city founders' monument. He became interested in the street lamp: "How old is that? How does it work? I have to come and see it one evening." He looked closely at information stands with the pictures of children who need a family. At the land surveyor' monument he explored the map held by the youngest of the group. All the time Stas was looking around, asking questions and arguing. And I understood: an interest in the city, the interest to explore it, like any other interest, is not necessarily for everyone. One likes biking, the other likes roller skates, a third is fond of worms under microscopes, and the fourth prefers to explore the space around him or herself.
Watching children in playgrounds, I also noticed that the ones who go to the playgrounds are mothers and grandmothers of kids up to 3 years. They build sand castles and practice slides and swings. With such young kids, mothers prefer not to walk far away from home. The playgrounds near the kindergartens are full of pre-schoolers in the evenings, when parents come to take them home and they ask to stay outside. School students occupy the playgrounds when walking home from school: they swing, ride on the carousel, climb on monkey bars and simply have fun. Of course, a playground is an absolutely necessary part of a backyard. However, I am convinced that a city is a huge playground, and the proof is the fact that children are able to tailor a place, which was originally not considered for children, to their own needs.